When Netflix isn’t so Family-friendly! #StreamTeam
One of the wonderful things about Netflix is that there’s always something for everyone. My husband and I have very different tastes in movies and shows. I, for one, am a sucker for all things romantic and funny, while he’s a more action and thriller kind of guy. All of which is totally okay! There are many times when he and I sit back and relax to Netflix. Hence, the Netflix and chill!
Sometimes the kids join us, many times, they don’t!
Well, more like they can’t.
Little by little, as parents, we have to test the boundaries when it comes to what we let the kids watch. We don’t watch scary/horror movies. It’s never been in our interest and in turn, our kids don’t watch them. Not even my teen son. But that doesn’t mean that we keep everything family-friendly. Well, let me rephrase that, we try to keep things family-friendly.
A while back, with all the hype of Stranger Things, I started to watch it. I’m not really into anything sci-fi, so this binge was purely associated to all the rave reviews I read online and from friends on Facebook singing its high praises. I sat and watched and then my daughter came and sat next to me. I paused and explained the theme of the show. See, she scares easily (just last year, she got scared from the movie, How The Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey!) I know, right?
I stared at her, she stared at me, and then I let her watch. Stranger Things is rated TV-14 and although there’s not a lot of adult content, there are some scenes which are pretty strong or violent for little ones.
So, when are things appropriate for kids?
My kids are still into all the Disney Channel shows that are on Netflix. I noticed one time, they tried to watch Goosebumps and they couldn’t even finish 1 episode but they can read the books!? Craziness, I tell ya!
A new show is coming to Netflix. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. I watched the first episode and it’s like Nanny McPhee/Charlie and the Chocolate Factory/Coraline. It’s funny and dark. I don’t know how else to explain it. I think my kids would like it. The show starts off kind of cute as we meet the stars of the show, then it turns sad/dark right away. I guess you have to ready the books in order to understand some of the story line and how humor is somewhat entwined with the show.
Wanna know something strange? If I’m watching a show and the kids see that I’m all into it, they’ll get into it too. All of a sudden, they’ll pretend to be doing something and then before you know it, there they are, all up in my face about how cool the show it. Maybe I’ll try this out with this show.
Having said that, this is not likely a good show for little, little ones. This is rated TV-PG, so anyone can watch, but there a lot of topics that little kids won’t probably understand. I can’t wait to watch more and see for myself.
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, premieres Jan. 13, 2017!
Let’s have an open conversation! Do you let your kids watch dark movies or shows? If you do, how old are they?
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Liz is a Mexican-American blogger living in Southern California. Married 19 years, and a mami to 3 kids, her content is inspired from living in and raising a multicultural familia. Liz has been blogging for more than 7 years, establishing herself as a nationally recognized Latina blogger. She often blogs in Spanglish and may throw in some Tagalog when talking about her hubby. You can also find her chit chatting away at @Liz_Cerezo on Twitter!